- Jan. 20, 2012 -
On the 19th January 2012, the UK government announced plans for solar feed-in tariff cuts from the 3rd March 2012. This comes during a period of uncertainty for the solar industry following a court case in December 2011 which judged that the government’s earlier decision to cut feed-in tariffs from the 12th December 2011 was illegal. Consumer website UK Energy Saving, a supporter of solar energy, is pleased that a decision has been made in this respect, thus allowing the solar industry to make future plans.
Hayley Jones, Web Marketing Director at http://www.uk-energy-saving.com
, comments further. “The government appeal against the High Court’s decision that their previous feed-in tariff cuts were illegal as they were to be instigated before the end of the consultation period, has prolonged a period of insecurity for the solar industry. The appeal decision is still outstanding, but the announcement by the government yesterday at least gives the solar industry certainty from the 3rd March and beyond regardless of the outcome of the appeal. Such steep cuts to solar feed-in tariffs were always going to be challenging for the solar industry, at a time when more emphasis should be placed on renewable energy, but the premature decision of the government last autumn and subsequent court case and appeal placed the industry in turmoil.”
“Friends of the Earth in particular have campaigned hard since their successful court case against the government for a decision to be made on the future of solar feed-in tariffs, and this persistence has paid off. If the government loses its appeal, the industry may again experience a flurry of installations before the 3rd March cut-off date, but in the meantime they can now plan ahead with the new tariffs in mind.”
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energy-saving.com where there are dedicated pages at http://www.uk-energy-saving.com/solar_power.html
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